Even if you separate by mutual agreement, remember that personal and financial circumstances can change – people find new partners and develop different financial requirements – it`s a good idea to avoid doubts and conflicts lower down the line by forming separation with an agreement. This means that separation can be a particularly uncertain time for unmarried couples. If you are not married, you may find it difficult to make separation decisions, precisely because there was no formal marriage or the possibility of agreeing on common assets and responsibilities. The way you share common interests may have developed indeterminately over time. To the extent that the agreements have been concluded in a transparent and fair manner and that each party has had the opportunity to obtain independent legal advice if it so wishes, it is very likely that any separation agreement between unmarried couples dealing with financial and property matters is likely to be contractual and legally binding in the event of a subsequent dispute. You may want to use a separation agreement as an alternative or precursor to divorce, either because you don`t want to divorce or because you can`t start legal proceedings yet. In England and Wales, you must be married for at least a year before you can file for divorce. After this period, you must prove at least one of the following reasons for the divorce. Call 020 8290 7992 for our Bromley team, 01732 457575 for Sevenoaks, 020 7481 6393 for central London or 01483 284567 for our Surrey team….